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Progressive Challenger Jerry Dickinson Outraises PAC-Funded Rep. Mike Doyle by over $153,000

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Dickinson breaks PA-18 quarterly fundraising record with his over $210,000 fundraising haul.

In the second quarter of 2021, Jerry Dickinson’s congressional campaign in PA-18 raised over $153,000 more than 26-year incumbent Rep. Mike Doyle. On Saturday, Doyle’s campaign filed a Q2 fundraising report indicating that they raised $57,830 during the period and 93% of those funds came from PACs. 

Doyle’s funding was fueled by PAC money, including corporate PACs like DowPAC, Comcast, and Toyota. Notably, only 7% of his entire quarter and 10% of his donations as a whole came from individual people, including former New York Congressman Joe Crowley. By contrast, last Tuesday, Dickinson’s campaign announced raising over $210,000—the most money any candidate has ever raised in a fundraising quarter in the history of the district. One-hundred percent of Dickinson’s contributions came from individuals. 

Jerry Dickinson is a constitutional law professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district. Dickinson’s background and personal story have inspired a grassroots campaign of progressives throughout the 18th District to elect a member of Congress who truly understands the challenges we face. A product of the foster system in Pittsburgh, Dickinson saw firsthand the systematic challenges that cause and perpetuate social and racial inequality. He beat the odds and has dedicated his life to tackling the structural problems he has witnessed and lived through. In Congress, he will bring the energy and perspective needed to lift those left behind, and truly create opportunity for all.

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BACKGROUND: PA-18 is currently represented by Democrat Rep. Mike Doyle, who was first elected in 1994. The most money Rep. Doyle has raised in a single fundraising quarter was $208,272 in the Q3 of 2019. In Q1 of 2021, Doyle raised $21,266—his lowest fundraising quarter in over 17 years. If elected, Dickinson will be the first Black congressperson from Western Pennsylvania.